HADESTOWN, AIN’T TOO PROUD, MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL, OKLAHOMA and THE MUSIC OF HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD Receive Grammy Nominations for ‘Best Musical Theater Album’

Patrick Page, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Amber Gray and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at the STAPLES Center with Alicea Keys as host and will be broadcast live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Streamed live on GRAMMY.com, the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will be held at the Microsoft Theater at 12:30 p.m. PT.

MUSICAL THEATER

58. Best Musical Theater Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings. Award to the principle vocalist(s) and the album producer(s) of 51% or more playing time of the album. The lyricist(s) and composer(s) of a new score are eligible for an Award if they have written and/or composed a new score which comprises 51% or more playing time of the album.

  • AIN’T TOO PROUD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS
    Saint Aubyn, Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope & Ephraim Sykes, principal soloists; Scott M. Riesett, producer (Original Broadway Cast)
  • HADESTOWN
    Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada & Patrick Page, principal soloists; Mara Isaacs, David Lai, Anaïs Mitchell & Todd Sickafoose, producers (Anaïs Mitchell, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)
  • MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL
    Danny Burstein, Tam Mutu, Sahr Ngaujah, Karen Olivo & Aaron Tveit, principal soloists; Justin Levine, Baz Luhrmann, Matt Stine & Alex Timbers, producers (Original Broadway Cast)
  • THE MUSIC OF HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD – IN FOUR CONTEMPORARY SUITES
    Imogen Heap, producer; Imogen Heap, composer (Imogen Heap)
  • OKLAHOMA!
    Damon Daunno, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Ali Stroker, Mary Testa & Patrick Vaill, principal soloists; Daniel Kluger & Dean Sharenow, producers (Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist) (2019 Broadway Cast)

Click here for the full list of nominations.

Tony Award Winner Mara Isaacs, May Adrales, John Fontillas, Angela Gieras, Anthony Rodriguez and Hana S. Sharif Appointed to TCG’s Board of Directors

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, welcomes six new members to its board of directors: May Adrales, associate artistic director, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee, WI; John Fontillas, planner, architect, partner, H3, New York, NY; Angela Gieras, executive director, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, MO; 2019 Tony Award-winner Mara Isaacs, founder and executive/creative producer, Octopus Theatricals, New York, NY; Anthony Rodriguez, producing artistic director and co-founder, Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville, GA; and Hana S. Sharif, artistic director, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO.

“As TCG embarks on its next phase of strategic visioning, we’re so grateful to turn to the deep and diverse experiences on our board,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director, TCG. “This new class embodies the evolving leadership of our not-for-profit and commercial theatre sectors and will help us strengthen our ever-evolving theatre ecology.”

Kathryn M. Lipuma, executive director, Writers Theatre, chairs a returning slate of officers that includes: vice chairs Larissa FastHorse, playwright and choreographer, Santa Monica, CA and Meghan Pressman, managing director, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA; treasurer Ellen Richard, executive director, Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach, CA; and secretary Eileen J. Morris, artistic director, The Ensemble Theatre, Houston, TX. Rebecca Hopkins, managing director of Florida Studio Theatre, returns as the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) liaison.

“I am so excited to begin my second year as Board Chair and am deeply thankful to all the Board members who are continuing their service for another term. And of course, I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome our six new dynamic members to the board,” said Kathryn M. Lipuma, executive director, Writers Theatre. “Together, along with TCG’s talented and dedicated staff, we stand committed to serving our field with the programs and services that help our community thrive and invest in resources and advocacy that will help us build a strong future for all our members and artists.”

Returning board members include: Joseph P. Benincasa, president and CEO, The Actors Fund, New York, NY; Raymond Bobgan, executive artistic director, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland, OH; Jeremy B. Cohen, producing artistic director, Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, MN; Kristen Coury, founder and producing artistic director, Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples, FL; Joshua Dachs, principal, Fisher Dachs Associates Theatre Planning and Design, New York, NY; Will Davis, director and choreographer; New York, NY; Snehal Desai, producing artistic director, East West Players, Los Angeles, CA; Kelvin Dinkins Jr., assistant dean/general manager, Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT; Teresa Eyring, executive director, Theatre Communications Group, New York, NY; Nataki Garrett, artistic director; Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR, Derek Goldman, co-founding director, Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics; Director, playwright/adapter, professor, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; Jamie Herlich McIalwain, director of development, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA; Susan Hilferty, costume and set designer, New York, NY; Laurie McCants, co-founder, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Bloomsburg, PA; Johamy Morales, director of education, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle, WA; Kevin Moriarty, artistic director, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas, TX; Eileen J. Morris, artistic director, The Ensemble Theatre, Houston, TX; Lisa Portes, director and educator, Chicago, IL; Meghan Pressman, managing director, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA; Francine T. Reynolds, artistic director; New Stage Theatre, Jackson, MS; Ellen Richard, executive director, Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach, CA; Blake Robison, artistic director; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH; Nikkole Salter, actress, playwright, educator, and arts advocate, Bloomfield, NJ; Tim Sanford, artistic director, Playwrights Horizons, New York, NY; Carlo Scandiuzzi,
philanthropist, executive and community leader, Seattle, WA; David Schmitz, executive director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL; Harold Steward, interim executive director, The Theater Offensive, Boston, MA; and Robert P. Warren, president, The William & Eva Fox Foundation, Bethesda, MD.

Members of TCG’s board serve up to three two-year terms. Board officers serve terms of one-year, renewable, and concurrent with the fiscal year of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Learn more about the TCG Board here. 

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) exists to strengthen, nurture, and promote professional theatre in the U.S. and globally. Since its founding in 1961, TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to over 700 Member Theatres and affiliate organizations and nearly 10,000 Individual Members. Through its Core Values of Activism, Artistry, Diversity, and Global Citizenship, TCG advances a better world for theatre and a better world because of theatre. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through research, communications, and events, including the annual TCG National Conference, one of the largest nationwide gatherings of theatre people; awards grants and scholarships, approximately $2 million per year, to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level; and through the Global Theater Initiative, TCG’s partnership with the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute. TCG is North America’s largest independent trade publisher of dramatic literature, with 17 Pulitzer Prizes for Drama on the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winning American Theatre magazine and ARTSEARCH®, the essential source for a career in the arts. In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its Member Theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field, and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre. www.tcg.org.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

HADESTOWN’s Malcolm Armwood, Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, Ahmad Simmons and Khaila Wilcoxon Receive 2019 ACCA Awards for Outstanding Broadway Chorus

Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Ahmad Simmons, Afra Hines, John Krause, Eva Noblezada, Kimberly Marable, Timothy Hughes and Reeve Carney in HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang

Actors’ Equity Association presented the ensemble of the 2019 Tony-winning musical Hadestown with the thirteenth annual ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus on June 18, 2019 during Equity’s National Council meeting in New York.

2019 ACCA Award winners Malcolm Armwood, Afra Hines, John Hughes, Jessie Shelton Ahmad Simmons and Khailia Wilcoxon (not pictured – Timothy Hughes and T. Oliver Reid). Photo by Lia Chang

Presented by Equity’s Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA), the ACCA Award is the only industry accolade of its kind to honor the distinctive talents and contributions made by the original chorus members of a Broadway musical.

The nine individual recipients of the 2019 ACCA Award – all of whom were part of the Hadestown chorus on the musical’s April 17, 2019 Broadway opening night – are Malcolm Armwood, Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, Ahmad Simmons and Khaila Wilcoxon.

Reclining: 2019 Tony winner André De Shields. Row 1: Duncan Stewart, David Neumann, John Krause, Jessie Shelton, Benton Whitley. Row 2: Eva Noblezada, Kimberly Marable, Reeve Carney, Ahmad Simmons, Khaila Wilcoxon, Afra Hines, Malcolm Armwood, Kay Trinidad, 2019 Tony winner Mara Isaacs, Beverly Edwards, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown was the big winner at The American Theatre Wing’s 73rd Annual Tony Awards taking home eight awards including Best Musical, Best Director for Rachel Chavkin, Best Score for Anais Mitchell, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for André De Shields, Best Scenic Design for Rachel Hauck, Best Lighting Design for Bradley King, Best Sound Design for Jessica Paz and Nevin Steinberg, and Best Orchestrations for Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose.

Jennifer Cody, 2nd Vice President and ACCA Chair, Casting directors Benton Whitley and Duncan Stewart. Photo by Lia Chang

“When I saw Hadestown, I was transfixed by the chorus, said Jennifer Cody, 2nd Vice President and ACCA Chair.

Chorus members of HADESTOWN: (standing) Kimberly Marable, Ahmad Simmons, Khaila Wilcoxon, Afra Hines, Jessie Shelton & Malcolm Armwood; (kneeling) John Krause (not pictured Timothy Hughes and T. Oliver Reid). Photo by Lia Chang

“I believe they are pivotal to the storytelling. I think they are the emotional journey of Hadestown. How would the metaphor of Hell as a factory floor actually work without seeing the inhumanity of slave labor? What makes this ensemble so special is their ability to transform throughout the show. In some scenes, the chorus is asked to move as a unit, five actors representing a uniform emotion. And then the scene changes and this shadowy singular unit that we saw in the last scene becomes five completely individual performers, each with their own thoughts and back story and emotion. You basically tell the audience how we feel and how we got where we are.  They lead us from the highs of Persephone’s garden party to the lows and depths of hell. The costumes don’t change, the set doesn’t change. The only thing that changes is the ensemble’s perception. I was especially transfixed by the Tony performance. The simple fact that at the same time the ensemble acts as physical barriers that block the path to hell, they wear headlamps and literally light the way. They are the metaphor. They are the theme. They physicalize what happens when we give up our individuality to be taken care of. I think they are Hadestown. The casting directors called you unicorns. I think Hadestown found the perfect catch with their ensemble.”

Tony nominated choreographer David Neumann with his 2019 ACCA Award winning ensemble – counterclockwise: Afra Hines, John Krause, Malcolm Armwood, Ahmad Simmons, Kimberly Marable, Jessie Shelton and Khaila Wilcoxon. (not pictured: Timothy Hughes and T. Oliver Reid. Photo by Lia Chang

In reviewing the chorus of each Broadway musical that opened in the 2018-2019 theatrical season, ACCA considered the chorus requirements made by each production’s director, choreographer and musical director; the caliber of technical skill used to execute those requirements; and the unique contributions made by the entire chorus to the overall production. Members of the ACCA, all of whom have worked on a chorus contract and have seen all of the ACCA-nominated musicals during the season, cast their vote for the winning chorus.

David Neumann, Khaila Wilcoxon, Afra Hines, Ahmad Simmons, John Krause, Equity Executive Director Mary McColl, Malcolm Armwood, Kimberly Marable, Jessie Shelton and 2019 Tony winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Past recipients of the ACCA award are the original chorus members of Legally Blonde (2007), In the Heights (2008), West Side Story (2009), Fela! (2010), The Scottsboro Boys (2011), Newsies (2012), Pippin (2013), Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (2014), An American in Paris (2015), Shuffle Along, Or The Making Of The Musical Sensation Of 1921 And All That Followed (2016), Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (2017) and Once on This Island (2018).

2019 Tony winning Producer Mara Isaacs with casting directors Benton Whitley and Duncan Stewart. Photo by Lia Chang
David Neumann, Khaila Wilcoxon, Afra Hines, Ahmad Simmons, John Krause, Equity Executive Director Mary McColl, Malcolm Armwood, Kimberly Marable, Jessie Shelton. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony winner André De Shields and Tony nominee David Neumann. Photo by Lia Chang
Khaila Wilcoxon, Afra Hines, Ahmad Simmons, John Krause, Equity Executive Director Mary McColl, Malcolm Armwood, Kimberly Marable, Jessie Shelton. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com